Lets Race simulators (above). The winner could go on to be a racing driver like GT4 and BRSCC Mazda driver Jade Edwards (top), development driver for Williams, Susie Wolff (below), or affiliated driver at Sauber and ex-IndyCar star, Simona de Silvestro (bottom)
Here's an amazing opportunity budding racing drivers over 16 – and wouldn't it be great if some girls have a go, or if one of them even won?
The UK’s only full-motion F1 simulator centre, Lets Race, is launching a competition in partnership with multi-championship winning race team, Carlin, and the Henry Surtees Foundation, to take the best racers from the simulated world to the track.
The winner of Lets Race to Reality 2014 will receive a day’s testing in a Carlin Formula 3 car, complete with a dedicated team of mechanics, data engineer and race engineer. Wow!
The competition is open to any driver over the age of 16. The first round during March and April will be held on Lets Race’s 10 full motion simulators in Horley, Surrey (cost £25). The winners will then be invited to take part in a karting event at Buckmore Park in Kent 23 May (cost £65). Here, several heats will whittle them down to the most skilled racers.
A final selection process at Carlin’s headquarters in Surrey will allow participants a real inside glimpse into the world of a professional racing driver. Finalists will take part in various exercises, including a simulator session with a Carlin race engineer, before taking part in an interview process with racing industry professionals, including Former Formula 1 and Motorbike champion John Surtees, OBE. Just meeting such a legend will be prize enough for F1 fans.
Rupert Swallow, MD of Lets Race said, “Carlin has worked with F1 drivers such as Sebastian Vettel, Max Chilton, Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen, and we are offering competitors in Lets Race to Reality the opportunity to follow in those drivers' footsteps in a Carlin F3 car.”
John Surtees added, “I am very pleased to be part of Lets Race to Reality and offer competitors the chance to experience something that is normally out of reach for even the most ardent motorsport fan. Not only will they create a once in the life time experience for the lucky winner, it will also raise money for the Henry Surtees Foundation and the great causes we are sponsoring.”
See more details, including entry dates and heats, on the Lets Race website